NYSAC Indigent Defense Services Reforms Pass Legislature
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) today commended state lawmakers for passing legislation that reforms the state's indigent legal services program bringing true mandate relief to counties.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy (D-Albany) and Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Onondaga and Cayuga), provides a full state fiscal takeover of indigent defense services while at the same time increasing the quality of legal services for the poor.
NYSAC President William E. Cherry thanked the lawmakers for their diligent work in getting this mandate relief bill passed in both houses of the legislature.
"This bill accomplishes three objectives. It provides real and meaningful mandate relief for counties and property taxpayers. It protects taxpayers from costly and unnecessary lawsuits against New York's public defense program. And it improves legal defense services for the poor in all counties in the state," President Cherry said.